Jamgon Kongtrül’s Direct Path to Enlightenment – 2

[The First Jamgon Kongtrül  [sic] – Jamgon Kongtrül the Great  (1813-1899)]

[Allen continues his discussion of Jamgon Kongtrül’s Direct Path To Enlightenment]  Student:  (Sometimes you have to be strict with someone to make them learn a lesson)

AG: Yes, but that’s.. it’s.. it’s like saying … It’s linked with “Don’t make wicked jokes”.  In other words, don’t… Skillful Means [Upaya] may be being blunt but it doesn’t mean being mean – or if there’s meanness to the bluntness then obviously it’s not Skillful Means, it’s not opening up space. “Don’t strike at the heart”, meaning..actually.. in a literal … Read More

Jamgon Kongtrül’s Direct Path to Enlightenment – 1

AG: [continuing with his annotations of William Blake’s Auguries of Innocence] This is a great one, for last night, the lecture last night (sic, August 10, 1978)) [Allen is referring to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche‘s ongoing NAROPA lecture(s)]

“To be in a passion,  you good may do but no good if a passion is in you” – That’s the whole key to Vajrayana. That … Read More

William Blake’s Auguries of Innocence – 1

So (William) Blake has a series, like those two-line poems that we were doing, that verge on Vajrayana, that is to say, turning things inside out, taking … Read More

Haiku and Desolation Angels



..tape begins in media res with Allen writing on the blackboard – “building on the ground, the film in.. (the) film crackling in plastic bags..under plastic bags in a breathing class” –  

(He continues reading his own short haiku-like poems)
Nagasaki Day– “Blue sky cumulus clouded  over the white plutonium plant /Rocky Flats mountains ridge west, Denver below in morning sun/ walking off with police and photographers”
Golden Court – “Waiting for the Judge, breathing silent/Prisoners, witnesses, Police/the stenographer yawns into her palms” – That’s the … Read More

Mexico CIty Blues – 6


[Henry Luce]

[“…And nobody cares how you hang/ Your spaghetti wash…”]

[Louis Armstrong]


[“..I want to go and live in the desert..”]

[“…One Thousand/Two hundred and fifty/Men/Sitting around a grove/of trees/Outsida town/right now/  With Buddha/is their leader/Discoursing in the middle,/Sitting lotus posture…”]

Allen’s notations on Jack Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues continues

“America is a permissible dream” – This is in (19)53, and Henry Luce was writing about the “American Century”, and Henry Luce was having lunch with John Foster Dullesevery week in Washington, and spreading the basic CIA moral American line through Time magazine and the Luce … Read More

Mexico City Blues – 3

AG: The most amazing weird formulations are in (Jack Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues) in the 32nd Chorus:“Newton‘s theory of relativity/and grave gravity/is that rocks’ll fall on your head/  Pluto is the Latest Star/  Astrononical facts/ from under the bar./  Little cottages of hills receive/the Constellation of/the Sourthern Hemisphere./ Where rosy doves’re seen flying/ Past Pis Cacuaqaheuro/Monte Visto de Santo/De Gassa – healing helium/gas – from the substance/on the sunstar – / gas discovered on the sun/ by spectral gazing/  Sorcerers hoppity skip/with the same familiarity /In my Buddhaland dreams -/  Monotonous monotony/ of endless grape dirigible stars.” 

(Then) – … Read More

“Mind is shapely, Art is shapely”


[The Sleeping Gypsy (La Bohémienne endormie) (1897) –  by Henri “Douanier” Rousseau – oil on canvas 51″ x 79″ in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York]

AG: Yes? Student: I was wondering if you were (suggesting poetry and meditation) in the same (breath as)  functions of the mind? I was wondering if you are saying that – that poetry is a function of the mind? AG: Sure.. Student: You expanded on (Jack) Kerouac‘s… AG: …if you write it down. Student: Can you expand on Kerouac’s “If the mind is shapely, the poetry … Read More

Mexico City Blues 2 – (The Discriminating Mind)

Student: Allen
AG: Yes?
Student: That’s [Mexico City Blues] also (an) essay form
AG: Probably sonataform
Student: Essay and sonata form
AG: Well, it’s [(Chorus 24) is]  just basically just logic. A statement…
Student:  (With essay thoughts you verify them..)
AG: Yes
Student: (..You argue your points, and…)
AG: Yeah, so (here) it’s just sort of common sense. It isn’t that much of a mystical mysterium. It gets reduced. So, simply to say that, (here) items of thought-forms themselves, or dots of thought-forms, or the monads of thought-forms, are built in(to) this triple-ripple (like the “kerplunk” that … Read More

Meditation and Poetics – 102 – (Mexico City Blues)

AG: Years ago, I read a lot of (Jack) Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues to (Chogyam) Trungpa , and his comment was, “perfect manifestation of mind”, or “ (perfect) exposition of mind”, and, since I had put that on the reading-list [here at Naropa] … this is (I think) a good time to get into it . The reason is, that, for American poetics, Kerouac is about the closest you have to subtle recording of consciousness, subtle recording of ordinary mind consciousness – the kind of quirks, day-dreams, interruptions, abruptnesses, gaps, associations, and after-thoughts that come into American … Read More

Meditation and Poetics – 101 – Haiku and Trikaya – 2

It struck me that the one perfect haiku  that I wrote in Court the other day (sic), in Golden Courthouse, [Golden, Colorado] did actually examine, ((in) hindsight, written before (Chogyam) Trungpa (Rinpoche)’s discourse), did actually fit into that (three-part [trikaya] conception). The first line was – “In Golden Court, waiting for the judge, breathing silent”. So there’s an open space where there are bodies and breath. Then an identification of the personages there, recognition – “Prisoners, witnesses, police”. And then the comment (not in the form of a moral, but in the form of another issue, another image, … Read More